It was a wild and memorable night at Memorial Coliseum, as the No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats (22-3, 10-2 SEC) fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit o beat No. 14 South Carolina (20-5, 8-4) 78-74. The win avenges an earlier loss this year to the Gamecocks, which halted an 18-gamer winning streak by Matthew Mitchell’s club. South Carolina’s lead was as big as 46-30 with 19:41 to play, but the lady Cats would never let up, as they made a furious rally to overcome the Gamecocks, which leaves UK just one game behind SEC-leading Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Kastine Evans hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds left Jennifer O’Neill also scored 19 points while tossing in six rebounds and a pair of assists. The Cats were outshot 56%-37% for the game, but used their full-court pressure and 40 minutes of hell to eventually where the Gamecocks down. The win also keeps UK alive for a potential #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, as they look to advance to the school’s first ever Final Four this year.